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2020 Oscars: Parasite wins Best Picture ++ Janelle Monae, Eminem & more

Janelle Monae, decked out in Midsommar garb, serenading Brad Pitt in the Oscars opening number.
Janelle Monae, decked out in Midsommar garb, serenading Brad Pitt in the Oscars opening number.

Tonight was the 2020 Oscars and as awards ceremonies go, this one moved pretty well and was full of surprises. First and foremost: Bong Joon Ho‘s Parasite won Best Picture, beating 1917 which was considered all but a lock. Bong Joon Ho also won Best Director, and Parasite also took home Best International Feature Film and Best Screenplay. During his speech for Best Director, Bong said “If the Academy allows, I would like to get a Texas chainsaw” to chop up the award among all the nominees. “I am ready to drink tonight.”

Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for Joker and Renee Zellweger won for Judy.

Janelle Monae opened the night, coming out to sing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and then bursting into a big production number with dancers representing Joker, Midsommar, Dolomite is My Name and more, plus Billy Porter came out to sing Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing.” You can watch that below.

That was not the only musical surprise in store for the night. At the end of a “Memorable Songs in Film” montage, Eminem came out to perform his Best Song-winning “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile.

Billie Eilish, with her brother Finneas O’Connell, covered The Beatles’ “Yesterday” from the In Memoriam segment.

Other musical performances included this year’s Best Song nominees: Idina Menzel performing “Into the Unknown” from Frozen II alongside made of the dubbed version singers from around the world, plus Chrissy Metz (“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough), Randy Newman (“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4), Cynthia Erivo (“Stand Up” from Harriet), and the Best Song winner, Elton John (“[I’m Gonna] Love Me Again” from Rocketman).

Hildur Guðnadóttir won Best Original Score for Joker.

Best Supporting Actor went to Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and you can watch his speech below. Best Supporting Actress went to favorite Laura Dern for Marriage Story.

Other winners: Taika Waititi won Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit.

Best Documentary went to American Factory which is the first film produced by Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions (and you can watch on Netflix now).

There was no host this year, but Steve Martin and Chris Rock came out to trade off opening monologue jokes. Questlove is DJ for the night. You can watch their monologue below.

Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig made a good case for making them hosts next year with their presentation of the Best Production Design and Best Costume Design awards (which went to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Little Women, respectively). Also funny: Julia Louis Dreyfus and Will Ferrell giving out the Cinematography award (which deservedly went to Roger Deakins for 1917); and James Corden and Rebel Wilson as cats from Cats talking about the importance of good visual effects., You can watch those below too.

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2020 ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINEES AND WINNERS
(winners are in BOLD)

BEST PICTURE
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
WINNER: Parasite

LEAD ACTOR
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio,
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

LEAD ACTRESS
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
WINNER: Renée Zellweger, Judy

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino,
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
WINNER: Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

ANIMATED FEATURE
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost my Body
Klaus
Missing Link
WINNER: Toy Story 4

ANIMATED SHORT
Dcera (Daughter)
WINNER: Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
WINNER: Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
Joker, Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
Little Women, Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Knives Out, Rian Johnson
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
1917, Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood,
Quentin Tarantino
WINNER: Parasite, Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won

CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto
Joker, Lawrence Sher
The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
WINNER: 1917, Roger Deakins
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood,
Robert Richardson

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
WINNER: American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
In The Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
WINNER: The Neighbors’ Window
Saria
A Sister

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
Corpus Christi (Poland)
Honeyland (North Macedonia)
Les Misérables (France)
Pain and Glory (Spain)
WINNER: Parasite (South Korea)

FILM EDITING
WINNER: Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

SOUND EDITING
WINNER: Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

SOUND MIXING
Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
WINNER: 1917
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood

PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
WINNER: Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood
Parasite

ORIGINAL SCORE
Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir
Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
Marriage Story, Randy Newman
1917, Thomas Newman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,
John Williams

ORIGINAL SONG
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from
Toy Story 4, Randy Newman
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman,
Elton John & Bernie Taupin
“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough,
Diane Warren
“Into The Unknown” from Frozen II,
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
“Stand Up” from Harriet, Joshuah Brian
Campbell & Cynthia Erivo

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
WINNER: Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

COSTUME DESIGN
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
WINNER: Little Women
Once Upon a Time In… Hollywood

VISUAL EFFECTS
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
WINNER: 1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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